Since I'm from L.A., and have never been to Miami, what
I found puzzling was how you could see the buildings of downtown Miami
in the background of this beach scene, when the Miami beaches
face east, away from the Miami skyline. Yet the view in the scene was clearly looking west/southwest towards downtown.
I checked dozens of different beach
locations, but found none that I offered this kind of view of downtown Miami.
I didn't know is that it wasn't one of Miami's regular beaches.
Instead, it was located along a narrow bridge of land (a "causeway")
leading east/west between Miami and two of the Florida Keys, south of where Miami Beach ends.
strip of beach runs along the bottom (southwestern) edge of the causeway, and thus allows a
view back (west/northwest) of the downtown skyline.
Finally, in 2011, a fan from Miami, Jesse,emailed me about the interior location of the police headquarters
in Miami. Since he lived in the city, I mentioned that I had been
unable to find that funeral beach. Not long after, Jesse wrote me back to report that the scene had been shot on Hobie Beach, and even sent a matching photo. (Thanks, Jesse!)